Dealing With Anxiety In The Workplace
Mental health charities estimate that 1 in 6 workers suffer from a mental health condition like depression or anxiety and it’s now commonplace to recognise this in your organisation.
There are a number of things you can do to support employees who may be prone to anxiety.
Have an open and supportive culture
One of the worst things about anxiety is that many people feel that it carries stigma and so therefore might not feel comfortable to talk about the condition openly.
If a member of your team was acting differently or seemed to be under a lot of pressure then calling a team meeting to ask if everyone is coping ok with the workload and reminding your staff that your door is always open might encourage anyone with anxieties to come forward and talk to you about how they are doing.
Mental health days
This one hit the news in 2017 when it was suggested that all workplaces offer employees a mental health day if they require it.
Not to be confused with a duvet day or working from home, mental health days were aimed at giving those in need of a break a chance to take an unplanned day off if things were getting tough for them.
In a changing world of employee benefits adding this option will offer support to those who need it most.
If you have a quiet common room or relaxing area in your office then this can provide some much needed respite if someone suffering from anxiety needs a break.
In the area you can offer support in the form of posters and leaflets from mental health charities that could help your team to recognise any problems.
Another option is to invite a wellness coach in to teach your staff some relaxation techniques as part of your benefits.
Offer flexible working
Anxiety sufferers are all individual cases; what works for one may not work for the other.
A flexible working plan where the employee can change their hours around, or work from home, might be a great way to manage their condition and show that you really value them as a member of the team.
It doesn’t have to be permanent – maybe just for a few weeks during a particularly bad period of time – but can make all the difference to retaining that employee.